JULY 12, 1999
F1 greets new European Commission
This is good news for Formula 1 which was not enjoyed its relationship with the outgoing commissioner Karel Van Miert. FIA President Max Mosley said that the Belgian was "happily, a spent force" and that he hoped that "under the new regime we can look forward to a phase of rational discussion, rather than a continuance of the confrontation which has dominated during two of the five last years of the Commission."
It will help that Britain's Neil Kinnock - who was the Transport Commissioner (and did a lot of work with the FIA) - has been promoted to the post of Vice-President of the Commission under Prodi.